Remodelling and Extension to existing single storey dwelling to create a contemporary family home in Lancashire
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Located within the settlement boundary of Wrea Green, the L shaped site originally comprised of a detached single storey property, a single storey garage and substantial private amenity space disjointed from the house. The existing dwelling house was located on the shorter side of the site which is raised from the main road and benefitted from view over the surrounding open countryside. The existing dwelling house required major renovation and being of generally quite tired in appearance a full modernisation programme, remodelling and extensions were undertaken.
To the longer side of the L shaped site the construction of a bespoke, contemporary, sustainable three bedroom new build dwelling was developed.
Internally the house was remodelled reflecting current styles and preferences. The property generally retains its original scale, massing and window positions, but these proposals look to create an efficient layout whilst reflecting the character of the surrounding residential area. The main elements reconfigured were the side and front gables. The existing side gable originally contained a number of small rooms and flat and pitched roof configurations. The proposals sought to rationalise these elements and combine (with a small garage extension combine into a new pitched roof section, reflecting the main part of the house. The front gable section originally comprised a substantially glazed kitchen and living room and the proposals sought to incorporate the spaces into one large family room, with a small balcony area above, benefiting from the southerly aspect and views over the open countryside.
Externally the existing dwelling house was amended to give the property a more contemporary feel. Generally the window positions remain as existing but the proportions and locations were amended to reflect the internal layout and contemporary design aspirations.
The existing brick work was rendered, to reflect the traditional material of the village and the existing concrete tiles were to be replaced with something more aesthetically appealing. The existing conservatory entrance way was replaced by a contemporary feature providing a better entrance into the family home, whilst addressing the street.
The main external alteration is to the family room area, which it is expressed by a section of roof lights highlighting the more traditional layout and proportions with the new contemporary feature to the house. Originally the kitchen and living spaces had a relatively low flat ceiling and those ceilings were removed to allow the full volume of the space to be incorporated. This also provides the opportunity to incorporate full height glazing, which when combined with the contemporary glazed corner provides a dramatic space that relates to and benefits from the southerly aspect and stunning views.
Photographs/ Images © Ian Hunter